North Korea | Kim Jong Un walks without cane as troops applaud

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first appearance without a cane since emerging from a six-week seclusion that prompted speculation about his health and grip on power. Kim clapped

Singapore | Infinity pool draw crimps casino take

Tourists wanting to float in an infinity pool 57 stories in the sky are paying the most ever to stay at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands. The hotel’s owner would rather

Australia | Gov’t to staff Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone 

Australia’s prime minister said yesterday that his government expects to staff a British-built Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone by the end of the month after reaching a deal with Britain on

Australia | Ex-PM Whitlam commemorated in Sydney

Australia’s reformist Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who lost power in a constitutional crisis in 1975, was commemorated yesterday at a packed state memorial service at Sydney Town Hall. Whitlam died in Sydney

Thai man convicted of defaming king on Facebook

A Criminal Court judge found 24-year-old Akkaradet Eiamsuwan guilty of violating Thailand’s lese majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy. The ruling said Akkaradet used an

Briefs: Sri Lanka | At least 10 dead in mudslide

Sri Lanka has confirmed that at least 10 people died and 28 are still missing from a mudslide last week at a tea plantation, as officials began using voting and

Thailand | Junta appoints constitution committee in likely effort to bar Thaksin

Thailand’s military-installed government appointed a committee yesterday to draft the country’s new constitution amid speculation that it will seek to bar former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies from politics. The

Singapore | Gov’t passes first law against human trafficking

The law defines trafficking in persons, or TIP, and carries penalties including jail, fines and caning, according to Christopher De Souza, the member of parliament who proposed the legislation. It

South China Sea disputes | Taiwan conducts live fire drills on Spratlys, angering Vietnam

Taiwan’s coast guard was conducting a second day of live-fire drills on an island in the disputed Spratly chain, prompting condemnation from Vietnam. The drills are conducted annually on Taiping Island,

Australia | Abbott blames IS for Sydney shooting

The shooting of a Shiite religious leader outside a Sydney prayer hall appeared to have been influenced by the Islamic State movement, Australia’s prime minister said yesterday. Rasoul Al Mousawi, 47,

India-Pakistan | Suicide blast kills 53 at border crossing

A suicide bombing at the busiest India-Pakistan border crossing after a nightly flag-lowering ceremony Sunday killed at least 53 people, according to the state-run Pakistan Television channel. The attack in Pakistan

Bangladesh | Court upholds death for Islamist leader

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court yesterday upheld the death sentence given to a senior Islamist leader convicted by a special tribunal last year for his role in mass killings and other atrocities during

North Korea | Pyongyang cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola

North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been

Sri Lanka | No hope finding mudslide survivors

There was no hope of finding survivors after a mudslide tore through a tea plantation, a Sri Lankan disaster official said yesterday, amid widely conflicting reports about how many people had been

Australia |New law targets leakers, not reporters

A contentious new law that carries a prison term for anyone who reveals information about certain secret security operations was aimed at Edward Snowden-like leakers rather than investigative reporters, Australia’s attorney-general said

Survey | Asia finds money brings happiness

Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: money — and the stuff it buys — brings happiness. Levels of self-reported well-being in fast-growing nations like Indonesia,

Myanmar | Burma’s story, told by one crumbling building

The little apartment building was graceful once. Maybe even beautiful. There is an elegance in the arched windows now covered with grime. It’s in the ornamental pillars, coated with paint

Bangladesh | Islamist party chief sentenced to death

A special tribunal in Bangladesh yesterday sentenced the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party to death for his role in the deaths of thousands of people during the nation’s independence war

North Korea | Kim Jong Un reportedly executes 10 officials for watching soaps

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seeking to erase the remaining influence of his dead uncle, executing about 10 senior Workers’ Party officials on charges from graft to watching

Sri Lanka | 10 dead, over 250 missing in mudslide

A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers’ houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka yesterday, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 250 missing, an official

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